RUSAL launches accelerator “school of urban change”


UC RUSAL announces the launch of the accelerator program “School of urban change”, which aims to increase the sustainability of projects in the fields of social entrepreneurship, territorial development and volunteering. Invited to participate, the sponsors and the project team, which was supported by the grant competitions of the company, and also passed a special selection process.

Accelerator allows you to strengthen the skills of management of social initiatives, helps prepare the project for the rollout, and also gives the opportunity to attract additional resources to implement the idea. The program assumes an individual approach to each participant. Training plan project teams and strategy activities within the project are compiled individually based on the audit. Additional consulting support for the entire duration of the program, provide mentors and experts in the field of project management, fundraising, PR, Finance, etc. the Training is in internal and external formats.

The first current direction within the acceleration program will be “Social entrepreneurship”, which aims to accelerate the development of projects in the sphere of socially oriented business and, as a result, the fold increase in key indicators of their business operations. Accepting applications from potential participants will go until 9 April on the website In the geography program will include the following regions: Republic of Khakassia (Krasnoyarsk), Krasnoyarsk Krai (in Krasnoyarsk, Achinsk), Volgograd (Volgograd), Irkutsk (in Bratsk, Shelekhov), Kemerovo (Novokuznetsk) and Sverdlovsk (in Severouralsk and Kamensk-Uralsky, Krasnoturyinsk).

Residents of the accelerator in the direction of “Social entrepreneurship” will be determined by the results of expert evaluation of projects and interviews and will be announced no later than April 26, 2018. The training programme will last from April 26 to June 30, 2018. Project managers who successfully passed the acceleration program, may qualify for grant support in the amount of 300 thousand rubles.

– The acceleration program is a logical continuation of the educational component of the “school of urban change”. Now the participants of our contests has the opportunity not only to learn how to develop high-quality social or socio-entrepreneurial projects, but also engaged in their development already during the implementation. Proper project management allows to significantly increase the social impact of initiatives and to make their results lasting and sustainable, – said Deputy General Director of RUSAL Vera Kurochkina.

Acceleration program “School of urban change” is implemented through a grant of the President of the Russian Federation on development of civil society provided by the presidential grants.

Administration and organizational support of the program by the Center for social programs (TSSP) of RUSAL and ANO “Center of innovations in social sphere”. Additional information can be obtained on the website:

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“School of urban change” – socio-educational project of RUSAL, which aims at the formation and training of initiative groups interested in addressing pressing social problems in the region and on creating communities of active citizens for the development of volunteerism and social entrepreneurship. The training is conducted by industry experts full-time and remote seminars and workshops throughout the year.